The National Examination Board (NEB), after getting a go-ahead from the government to conduct examinations of Grade XII, has finally published the schedule for the test to be held from November 24 to December 1.

According to the improvised protocol of NEB, examinees are allowed to take the test in their home centers (respective colleges).

As per the decision for written examination, 40 percent marks is allocated to be dependent on short examination, 40 percent on equivalent marks obtained in Grade XI, and the remaining 20 percent will be given on the basis of internal assessment.

The board stated that each school needs to maintain at least two metres distance between two students and allow a maximum of only 20 students inside examination hall, following the safety measures.

The fate of around 420,000 students of Grade XII is hanging in balance ever since the exams scheduled for April 20 onward were deferred indefinitely.

Chandra Mani Paudel, chairman of NEB said, unlike SEE examinations where schools were allowed to provide marks totally on the basis of internal evaluation, they have now allowed schools to provide only 20 per cent marks.

“This was necessary after many schools manipulated actual marks of their students in SEE examinations. This had drawn flak from all corners,” Paudel said.

The NEB has taken the decision on the basis of the government’s decision to allow educational institutions to conduct exams for students of all levels by ensuring social distancing and other safety measures.